Aotearoa’s First ‘Super-Tuscan’

One of the country’s most cherished artisan wineries, Hans Herzog Estate has launched Aotearoa’s first Super-Tuscan-inspired blend named ‘Grandezza’ to celebrate Tuscany’s legendary wines.

Carefully crafted by one of the most respected artisan winemakers in the industry, Hans Herzog’s 2019 Grandezza is fully certified organic. The new wine is made from 50 percent Sangiovese, 24 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25 percent Cabernet Franc from a deliberately small yield of 800g per vine for natural concentration. It is a wine designed to inspire, concocted to perfection in a single estate vineyard, specially selected from the lowest yield. Naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts in French Barriques, no fining, no filtration, and matured on its fine lees with 24 months in barrel the red blend is an intricate explosion of silky power, purity, depth, and length.

The ‘Grandezza’ demonstrates Herzog’s devotion to both his vineyard and the art of winemaking. “Grandezza represents a landmark in the New Zealand wine industry, especially as a producer in Marlborough, a region that accounts for more than 75 percent of the country’s wine production with 80 percent planted in the white variety Sauvignon Blanc,” said Herzog’s wife, Therese.

Herzog oversees the organic 11.5-hectare vineyard located in Marlborough with an authentic hands-on approach. He is well-known for his creativity and craft and unfettered by commercial considerations, growing a diverse mix of 25 grape varieties for age-worthy wines of complexity, concentration, and balance.